Vol. 5 Issue 22 | May 31, 2019

Vol. 5 Issue 22 | May 31, 2019

Three Things This Week

1. Axis Giving Day!

What it is: Each week, Melanie and I research, write, and give The Culture Translator to you and 56,000 other families in over 55 countries all over the world. We love writing it for you, but we need your help to continue to do so!

Why we need you: This year for Axis Giving Day, our goal is to raise $85,000 to keep The Culture Translator free and accessible for everyone. If you enjoy reading The CT each week, will you join us by making your gift to keep The CT free in 2019! Click here to make your tax deductible gift today!

2. Sleep = Entertainment?

What it is: Riding on the coattails of Pokémon GO’s success, The Pokémon Company announced this week that it also wants to gamify (i.e. profit from) sleep.

Why it’s no snooze: Available in 2020, Pokémon Sleep will pair with a device (called the Pokémon Go Plus Plus...not a typo) to track sleep and give rewards for getting more and better sleep. How exactly sleep will translate into Pokémon rewards is unclear, but GO’s success showcases the company’s ability to motivate users. And since 4 out of 5 of us sleep with our phones, adopting the tech won’t be a stretch. Yet will encouraging us to use our phones more and more during the day—an activity that’s been linked to sleep disruption— actually cultivate better sleep? And while sleep trackers aren’t new, is it a good idea to give an entertainment company 24/7 access to our data? Questions worth talking over with children who are interested in the “game.”

3. Sharenting

What it is: Our kids are a big part of our lives, so it would be weird not to post photos of and with them, right? As kids get older, some say, no, “sharenting” is an invasion of their privacy.

Why it’s worth a conversation: Just as one might share about their engagement, wedding, honeymoon, career, and moves, it’s quite normal to post photos of sonograms, pregnancy progress, birth, and other milestones in our kids’ lives. But what happens when they reach an age where they can Google themselves and find an immense digital footprint that was created without their knowledge or consent? What happens when a prospective employer can read all about their potty training struggles? Or worse? Should they have a say in what gets posted? Ask your tweens and teens how it makes them feel.

Top Music

Did you know there is a direct connection between adolescent brain development and how teens hear music? Crazy, right? That’s why our kids listen to music we don’t—music made to appeal directly to their emotions and burgeoning self-identity. Now, with most schools officially on summer break, artists and record companies are releasing new music directed at the teen market in the hopes of becoming the most popular bop of the summer. Below are the top 10 songs to be aware of. (Most lyrics linked below are explicit.)

  1. Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus. Theme: As Lil Nas X explained, the old town road is the path to success, and “can’t nobody tell [him] nothin’,” he’s going to do it his way. (And, apparently, so are these elementary school kids.)
  2. I Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber. Key Lyric: “I don't like nobody but you, I hate everyone here” and “‘Cause I don't care when I'm with my baby, yeah / All the bad things disappear.”
  3. Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish. Key Lyric: “I'm that bad type / Make your mama sad type / Make your girlfriend mad type / Might seduce your dad type / I'm the bad guy.”
  4. Sucker” by Jonas Brothers (yes, they’re back). Theme: Infatuation with someone to the point that “you say the word and I'll go anywhere blindly.”
  5. Talk” by Khalid. Theme: A standard DTR song.
  6. Wow.” by Post Malone. Theme: Standard braggadocio.
  7. Sunflower” by Post Malone & Swae Lee. Key lyric: “You're a sunflower, I think your love would be too much / Or you'll be left in the dust, unless I stuck by ya.”
  8. Dancing with a Stranger” by Sam Smith & Normani. Theme: A standard rebound/moving on song.
  9. ME!” by Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie. Theme: Swift said in an interview: “Embracing individuality and really embracing it and owning it.”
  10. Sweet but Psycho” by Ava Max. Theme:According to the artist, it’s about “reclaiming the word ‘psycho’,” telling the story of a girl who thinks she’s crazy, but is really just a “strong, independent female.”

Keep the Faith!

The Axis Team

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